Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New! - Basic Computer Skills Tutorials from TERC

The Testing & Education Reference Center now offers Basic Computer Skills tutorials as part of their Career Tools module. Specifically, interactive, video-based tutorials for Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, provide instruction on creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases.

To access the Basic Computer Skills tutorials, go to the library's website and "Search for Articles & More." The Testing & Education Reference Center is listed under College, Careers & Test Prep. If you're accessing from home/outside the library, you'll be prompted to enter your library card number. Click on Career Tools and you'll see Basic Computer Skills listed, along with a number of other career resources. You'll be prompted to register a username and password so that you can keep track of your test scores and progress.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Holiday Gadget Guide: Hottest Devices for Library eBooks

Prepare for Black Friday by reading Holiday Gadget Guide: Hottest Devices for Library eBooks - from OverDrive, which powers the Blue Ridge Download Consortium, of which Fauquier County Public Library is a member.

For more information on the library's e-book, e-audio book services, check out our e-books/e-audio books page on our website.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Navigate Senior Health, Aging

If you are a senior or managing the care of elderly or aging parents, check out SeniorNavigator, a Virginia-based non-profit, free public service that connects seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities with the services they need. It includes more than  24,000 local programs, 2,000 links to other aging support websites and hundreds of up-to-date articles focusing on issues such as health, financial concerns, legal questions, health facilities, housing options, transportation, exercise programs, advocacy, and more.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Explore Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery has developed ANC Explorer, an application that is available across most web browsers and on mobile smart phones. This app enables veterans, family members and the public to locate gravesites using a map location or information such as name, date of birth or death, etc.; browse points of historical interest in the cemetary; generate front and back photos of a headstone or monument; and receive directions to those locations. Please note that ANC only adds burial records to this public database that have been properly validated.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Thursday, November 1, 2012

e-Resource of the Month: Literati

The library recently added Credo’s Literati to its arsenal of electronic resources for adults and students. Designed as a gateway to the library’s resources, Literati includes reference e-books, journals, and scholarly articles. Here is what some critics are saying about  Literati:
The beautifully simple search page will be a welcome sight to a generation that has grown up on Google … The ability to perform cross reference searching across a large reference collection is liberating and powerful.— Library Journal
In an age in which Wikipedia is king and students are loathe to pick up a reference book, Credo’s [Literati] Topic Pages is an attractive solution for steering students toward trusted information.— Choice Magazine
Literati is a great place for students to get started on their research. Not only does the service provide in-depth, high quality information on a given topic, it provides related entries in magazines, newspapers and the library's own catalog, ensuring researchers are exposed to all the library has to offer.
  • Educational e-content (encyclopedias, atlases, reference books, dictionaries) for K-12 through adult
  • Topic Pages which organize/present materials (reference e-books, magazine articles, etc.) by subjects including Art, Biographies, Philosophy, Technology and more!
  • The Mind Map feature for narrowing and broadening topics -- it helps students to visualize their topic and identify associated keywords - great for brainstorming
  • Subject-specific tutorials and videos that improve information literacy - topics include Genealogy Research and Applying for Jobs Online
  • Links to related items in the library catalog which you can place holds on/check out
  • Live Homework Help (staffed by teachers) for students in grades 3-12 for writing, reading and math. Live help is available from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 am - 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Teachers and students collaborate in the virutal classroom via an interactive whiteboard!
  • Fun applications such as the Crossword Solver (enter '?' for the letter you are missing in your word)
You can access Literati through the library's online catalog and on the Articles & Databases page (under Encyclopedia & Reference).

Or, go to and enter in your 10-digit Fauquier County Public Library card number.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian